Postcode district: SM5
The northern boundary of SM5 is on a northeast, southwest slant, and is demarcated by the Bishopsford Road (also known as the London Road). The eastern boundary is demarcated by the River Wandle as far as Mill Lane at which point the boundary begins to follow Butter Hill. It then continues down Park Lane, Boundary Road and across Woodmansterne Lane which is approximately its southern boundary. The western boundary, heading north, initially follows Fairlawn Road, then South Banstead Road before jutting west to then follow the London Road, Stonecot Hill and then Love Lane and Reigate Avenue. The SM5 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Banstead Village, Belmont, Carshalton, Carshalton Beeches Station, Carshalton Central, Carshalton South and Clockhouse, Carshalton Station, St Helier, Surrey, Sutton, The Wrythe, Wallington North, Wallington South, Wandle Valley.
Carshalton’s history dates back to the Iron Age, according to archaeological research. We also know that in the eleventh century there were five grand manors in the area. The area around Carshalton benefits from the River Wandle and is a naturally fertile area, known for its springs, and recorded in Thomas Fullers book entitled ‘History of the Worthies of England’ with particular reference to its walnuts and trout. The river was also used as a source of power, historically, with a watermill being mentioned in the Domesday Book. During the industrial revolution the amount of industry in the area grew, and by the nineteenth century included industries such as paper mills, calico bleaching, and mills for leather, log-wood and seed oil.
Carshalton’s location makes it a popular commuter suburb for those working in the city of London. It is located 10 miles from the centre, and is just beyond Morden, at the southern end of the northern tube line.It can be categorised into different residential areas. Carshalton Village, around the ponds and High Street is like a village centre, and is protected by the Conservation area. It is a desirable area, with a number of attractive family homes. A five bedroom detached Edwardian property can reach asking prices of around £725,000. West Street Lane has picturesque period terraces for less than £250,000 for two bedrooms; ideal for those starting out on the housing ladder. Carshalton Beeches is located around Beeches Avenue and Woodmansterne Road, and is named after the beech trees located along the avenue. There has been a new development around Woodmansterne Road, along Wellfield Gardens. This development comprises substantial family homes, with garages and gardens that reach asking prices of around £700,000. The Sovereign Estate is another desirable Bryant development around Carshalton Beeches, where a five bedroom property in the popular cul-de-sac will reach an asking price of around £600,000. Carshalton on the Hill is located to the east of Carshalton Beeches, around Stanley Park and its surrounding roads (such as Stanley Park Road and Boundary Road). Wrythe Lane, Vellum Drive and Mill Lane have some of the most affordable property in the area, with a one bedroom flat demanding an asking price of around £150,000. However, for a further £20,000 it may be possible to secure a one bed flat in a period conversion on North Street. The postcode district SM5 is varied, and £170,000 elsewhere in the postcode district could buy three bedrooms, such as in Mennis House on Muschamp Road. Alternatively, the same amount of money will buy a two bedroom maisonette on Reynolds Close. For those in search of a bargain house, rather than a flat, Winchcombe Road has some two bed modern terraced properties, whilst Peterborough Road and Shrewsbury Road have some older traditional terraces, all for less than £225,000. For those in search of a third bedroom, Tintern Road, Welbeck Road and Stavordale Road all have three bedroomed terraced homes for asking prices of less than £240,000.